• 2019 April 7 15:52

    More new builds for American Cruise Lines

    American Cruise Lines, the largest coastal and river cruise operator in the U.S., continues to accelerate its new build program across its diverse fleet — adding new ships to its new Modern Riverboat Series as well as its fleet of new coastal ships and Victorian-style paddlewheelers. American’s aggressive building program has expanded exponentially in the past 2 years; introducing a new ship in 2017 and two new ships in 2018. The Line has no plans to slow down, as American’s latest new ship will go into service this summer, and the Line has two more new builds coming in both 2020 and 2021.

    In August 2019, American Harmony, the 2nd of 5 ships in American’s Modern Riverboat Series, will begin service on the Mississippi, bringing American’s fleet of U.S. built ships to 11. By 2021, American’s fleet will have increased to 15 ships. American Song, the 1st modern riverboat in the U.S., began cruising in October 2018 and is already sailing out West on the Columbia & Snake Rivers. The 3rd modern riverboat, to be named shortly, will be completed in 2020, and is already well under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD where all American’s ships are designed and built.

    American Cruise Lines is the only U.S. line offering 3 distinct ship styles and all the Line’s ships are infinitely more advanced and environmentally friendly than anything else on U.S. Rivers. American builds only new ships and each of their ships possesses the newest safety technology and showcases stunning interior design. American’s series of 5 modern riverboats in particular, meet the highest new emissions standards and have the smallest carbon footprints in the industry. American’s modern riverboats are the perfect complement to the Line’s beautiful Victorian paddlewheelers and fully stabilized coastal ships — the new modern riverboats provide an exciting and refreshing new option for U.S. river cruisers American’s modern riverboats showcase soaring multi-story glass atriums and more glass throughout, than other U.S. riverboats — ensuring spectacular views from everywhere on the ship. The ships have huge standard cabins (at over 350 sq/ft), all outward facing, with full sliding glass doors and private furnished balconies. Each new ship in the series possesses the unique (patent-pending) opening bow and retractable gangway, which enables these riverboats to make bow landings wherever necessary. In addition to numerous comfortable lounges and gorgeous sundecks, the modern riverboats also feature casual cafés, in addition to the grand dining rooms found aboard all American’s ships.

    While every ship in the Modern Riverboat Series shares the underlying modern design premise, each new ship is unique and will be slightly different than the one that came before it. The 1st ship, American Song, has 5 decks and showcases enormous 900 sq/ft Grand Suites with wrap-around private balconies. The 2nd ship, American Harmony, has 6 decks and features a 5th deck exclusively housing ten huge Veranda Suites. The 3rd modern riverboat will be slightly larger than the 1st and 2nd, but all the modern riverboats are under 200 passengers.  American Song, American Harmony and the upcoming 3 rd, 4th & 5th ships in the Modern Riverboat Series are the very first ships of their kind available in the U.S. and the response to the 1 st modern riverboat, American Song, has been tremendous, as guests are delighted by the new style. In the past few years, the company has enjoyed record sales across its diverse fleet and continues to grow — adding new exceptionally designed, American-built ships year after year.

    About American Cruise Lines: In 2018, American Cruise Lines celebrated its most award-winning year ever, winning 13 travel awards, including Condé Nast’s Readers’ Choice Award, for Top Small Cruise Lines; and Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best River Line in the U.S. & Canada. American operates the largest and newest fleet of coastal cruise ships, Victorian-style paddlewheelers, and the only modern riverboats in the U.S. All ships are between 100-200 passengers and are built, crewed and registered in the U.S.A. With over 35 itineraries to 25 states, including many theme and holiday cruises, American cruises along the rivers, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.

2019 August 19

18:41 Andrey Zubarev takes the helm at Sea Port St. Petersburg
18:36 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to South America Eastcoast
18:26 Rosterminalugol YTD coal exports volume hits the 15-millionth-tonne mark
18:04 CMA CGM Group to take part in the Asia Fruit Logistica 2019 in Hong Kong
17:36 MPA launches Singapore’s first Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide
17:04 ACO Marine commissions a series of Clarimar wastewater treatment plants for Jadrolonija
16:35 Suez Canal Container Terminal announces plans to open reefer repair hub to all brands
16:19 Jumbo and GoodFuels partner to take sustainable bio-fuel oil to the offshore support market
16:11 Main phase of Beloomut hydro engineering system rehabilitation project to be completed by the end of 2019, Moscow Canal authority says
15:58 LR awards world’s first digital type approval to HHI
15:32 d’Amico International announces the sale of one of the vessels
15:09 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
14:17 JFD signs strategic partnership with Aquacentrum Den Helder to provide submarine escape training
13:09 Samsung Heavy Industries to win orders for 10 LNG-fueled vessels
12:53 Kraken’s ThunderFish® delivered to DRDC, Canada
12:09 Sinanju signs 2-year time charter agreement with ExxonMobil for LNG-powered “Marine Vicky”
11:18 MODEC announces issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
11:16 Registration underway for “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality” Roundtable
11:09 Busan Port-Qingdao Port concludes MOU to promote cruise business
10:08 RAN signs two year lease extension with the National Australia Bank for its two Cape Class Patrol Boats
09:43 Brent Crude futures edge up to $ 59,28, WTI – to $ 55,34
09:08 The BPA and the Port of Rotterdam Authority concludes a development agreement to construct and operate the Rotterdam Distribution Center
09:01 Baltic Dry Index rises 2% to 2088 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 19
08:49 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to Latin America

2019 August 18

16:51 USCG responds to ferry aground in Boston Harbor
15:09 NOAA awards $2.7 million in grants for marine debris removal and research
13:02 BAE Systems cuts steel for UK Royal Navy's HMS Cardiff
12:46 Kongsberg Digital simulation and software selected to fast-track R&D at new autonomous ship centre in Korea
11:05 NYK sponsors endangered Sea Turtle Research
10:56 Coast Guard cites passenger vessel for operating illegally, terminates voyage

2019 August 17

14:24 Kinder Morgan announces additional projects to enhance capabilities at Houston Ship Channel Facilities
13:31 Damen Shipyards Cape Town joins Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
12:28 CMA CGM announces rate restoration for Asia to West Africa trade
11:32 APL informs on voil sailing on Asia-Indian Subcontinent Service in August
10:58 Pre-commissioned USCG's Cutter Midgett makes second cocaine seizure within five days

2019 August 16

18:16 Port of Vyborg volumes in Jan-Jul plummet 29% to 687,700 tons
18:06 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
17:36 Norwegian Encore leaves MEYER WERFT's building dock
17:06 Balltec secures North Sea decommissioning contract from Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland
16:35 Canada Infrastructure Bank signs MoU with the Port of Montreal on Contrecoeur port expansion project
16:05 Vår Energi AS awarded an EPCI contract to Rosenberg Worley AS
16:03 Low-sulphur marine fuel sales by Gazprom Neft in the first half of the year increased by 11% to 121,400 tonnes
15:48 Samsung Heavy to advance smart ship technology in cooperation with equipment producers
15:36 Throughout of oil port Primorsk in Jan-Jul 2019 increased 14% to 35.74 million tonnes
15:14 New mid-year record for container volumes through the Port of Vancouver
15:11 USCG repatriates 25 migrants to the Dominican Republic
14:27 Port of Vysotsk throughput in January-July rose 7% to 11.14 million tonnes
14:10 Austal signs A$126 mln contract to export two Cape Class Patrol Boats
13:14 Seven-month cargo volumes of Port of Ust-Luga increase 10% to 62 million tonnes (update)
13:05 NORDEN signs multiple long-term global contracts
12:05 APM Terminals Poti to implement uninterrupted 24/7 operations
11:39 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes rise 2% to 35 million tonnes (update)
11:05 Steel cutting ceremony for the next AIDA LNG cruise ship at MEYER WERFT
10:48 Tekmar Energy selected for Formosa 1 Phase 2
10:44 Port of Hamburg seaborne cargo throughput up 4.1 percent to 69.4 million tons in H1 2019
09:55 Crude futures prices tend upward again: Brent Crude rises to $ 58,88, WTI – to $ 55,16
09:34 Baltic Dry Index leaps 97pts to 2047 points
09:27 Bunker prices show mixed movements at Port of St. Petersburg
08:41 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 16